Ossowiecki, Stefan - finding a missing bracelet
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A description of the experience
Mary Rose Barrington, Ian Stevenson and Zofia Weaver, A World in a Grain of Sand: The Clairvoyance of Stefan Ossowiecki, 2005.
Case 2: The missing bracelet - September 1923 (Kimaczynski)
Reported by Jan Alfons Kimaczynski. Source: Ossowiecki, 7933, pp.255-6.
On 15th September 1923 in Warsaw at 30 Sienna Street, at 5 p. m, there took place a seance with Mr. Stefan Ossowiecki. [He names others present, including his mother, the hostess, and identifies himself as note taker.] The aim of the seance was to discover what happened to a lost bracelet and, if possible, to get it back. Mr. Ossowiecki was given-a small box in which the lost bracelet used to be kept.
After concentrating for a few minutes Mr. Ossowiecki took Mrs. Moniuszko by the hands, and at the same moment those present noticed a strange change in his expression. Until then it was lively and cheerful, but suddenly he seemed to exude total inner calm. When he started speaking, sentence after sentence, certain of what he was seeing, he gave us the impression of being somewhere far away in his spirit, even though his physical presence was with us. The facts were forthcoming very quickly as Mr. Ossowiecki began to journey to where Mrs. Moniuszko came from.
He described in detail the purpose of her journey to Warsaw and the state of her health. He said that she did not live in Warsaw but some 3-4 hours away by train; that her property lies several kilometers from the railway station. Her husband, a judge,- in spite of the late hour, is at present attending a court case not far away, using a local line--Further on he remarked that, when traveling to the property, one has to turn off the main road into an unmade road and that very close to the house there is a large stone which gets in the way and that she is intending to use it as a tombstone for her mother's grave.
All this was true, and those who knew the place and the family lifestyle were astounded by the wealth of accurate detail. Mr. Ossowiecki asked for paper and pencil and after a moment drew the whole building and the orchard surrounding it on the left and the right. After a moment those present had the impression that Mr. Ossowiecki was climbing the stairs and entering the verandah. Having drawn the shape of the windows, remarking that in the corners of the verandah he could see peacock feathers, and entering the other rooms, he stopped by a small medicine cabinet. He mentioned that, on the day she left, Mrs. Moniuszko gave some drops-in-ether to a "very sickly woman" (the wife of the manager of the property), which was also true.
He then started talking about the people he could see around the property at that moment. He saw the small children of the owners, playing. He gave their sex and age, which he confirmed a moment later on the photographs handed to him; he also saw a small boy who brought a letter and he said that the house was very noisy because of an unexpected arrival of guests. He described in detail the external appearance and personality of each person in the house.
On his way to the intended target he entered the corridor, remarking that it was dark and saying who inhabited the rooms leading off it. As a further detail he mentioned seeing a little servant girl (whose name was Steph) arguing with the old nanny wearing a beige blouse, and a dress of the same colour,-with warm slippers on her feet. At the end of the corridor he saw a door the glass of which was covered in opaque coloured paper. These doors led to a room - here Mr. and Mrs. Moniuszko spend a lot of their time, although it is not their bedroom (it was indeed Mrs. Moniuszko's boudoir) as the bedroom was beyond the next door.
At that moment, with a confident gesture, as if he entered the room and reached for the box (which had been given to him at the beginning of the seance) lying on the settee next to us, his face clearing and in a full voice he said: "I see the bracelet; it is a thick gold chain, traditional work. It is hanging on the lilac bush in front of the bedroom window. It slipped out of a pocket, and fell out unnoticed when the servant was shaking things out. Search carefully there and you will find the bracelet."
The seance ended. It had lasted 25 minutes, and everything Mr. Ossowiecki saw at that time and related to us in such detail exceeded our wildest expectations. It even changed the mind of such a confirmed skeptic as General Listowski (now deceased).
The report is accompanied by a copy of a letter from the note-taker, stating that the following events described by Ossowiecki were confirmed on checking:
(1) guests did arrive at the time indicated;
(2) there was an argument between Steph and nanny and the colours of the clothes were described correctly;
(3) the little boy (son of the district secretary) did arrive with a letter at the time indicated;
(4) the bracelet was found among the thick leaves of the lilac bush growing outside the bedroom window.
The source of the experienceOssowiecki, Stefan
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